WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) reintroduced H.R. 583, the Timely Repatriation Act of 2015, to restrict diplomatic visas to countries that deny or unreasonably delay the repatriation of a national ordered removed from the United States.

Under current law, when an alien commits a serious crime in the United States he or she must be repatriated back to their country of origin. However, in many cases the home countries either delay or refuse to accept and repatriate their nationals who have been issued removal orders by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As a result, these criminals who have been convicted of everything from petty crimes to murder are free to stay in America. In many cases they go on to commit more crime and some have even murdered our citizens.

“This is one aspect of Border Security and National Security that has unfortunately slipped through the cracks,” said Rep. Poe. “We give convicted foreign criminals a get-out-of-jail-free card to live in the United States because we cannot permanently detain them and their countries of origin refuse to take them back.  This is a dangerous and deadly Achilles heel in our immigration system. It is time that we offer a proper incentive to these uncooperative nations who freely take our money, and turn around and disrespect our laws.  We should not be issuing diplomatic VISA’s to nations that refuse to cooperate with our government. Keeping their criminals here is endangering our citizens.”